Linking Vehicle Emission Test Data Mandated with Vahan Database

The Central Government has asked all states to mandatorily link vehicle emission test data with Vahan database. This is in connection with the notification issued by the Road Transport and Highways Ministry under rule 115 of the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989. The rule had specified linking pollution under control (PUC) certificate with Vahan database.

The ministry requested all PUC vendors to keep up with the guidelines related to electronic uploading of emissions test data to Vahan database. It wrote a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and Union Territories regarding making the necessary adoption immediately.

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The adoption is especially important as certain provisions of the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the revised provisions for penalties on violating air pollution standards are as per the Supreme Court’s directions.

Now, the government has reiterated the importance of linking vehicle data with Vahan database; this is to avoid harassment and inconvenience to citizens. It will be convenient if the citizens can access this information in electronic form i.e. m-Parivahan and e-Challan platforms. The government has also established a central repository called Vahan to store data pertaining to vehicles.

For any clarifications/feedback on the topic, please contact the writer at apoorva.n@cleartax.in

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